Lecturer / Senior Lecturer at School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

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The School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences is a large, collaborative and multi-disciplinary school in the Faculty of Science at the University of New South Wales with over 150 academic, research and professional staff. In 2021, the school obtained $19M in research funding, produced over 950 scientific publications and was rated in the top four schools across UNSW in the 2021 student experience surveys. The School incorporates a broad range of disciplines, enabling comprehensive education and research in the broad fields of Earth Science, Geology, Environmental Science, Physical Geography, Climate Science, Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Marine Science.

The School hosts the Earth and Sustainability Science Research Centre, the Australian Centre for Astrobiology, the Climate Change Research Centre, the Centre for Ecosystem Science, the Centre for Marine Science and Innovation, and the Evolution and Ecology Research Centre. The School is housed in new, state-of-art facilities on the University's Kensington campus.

The School is seeking to appoint a Lecturer (Level B academic) or Senior Lecturer (Level C) in the Earth sciences. The purpose of this role is to conduct high quality research, teaching and research student supervision in the UNSW earth science and/or physical geography programs. The School is interested in an appointment within the broad fields of the Earth sciences but specific fields of expertise might include:

  • Environmental Geosciences including human impact
  • Geochemistry or Mineralogy
  • Geobiology, Biogeochemistry, Earth Evolution and the rise of life
  • Tectonics or Regolith
  • Resource Geology for the Future Economy
  • Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing (applied to the Earth sciences)
  • Physical Geography
  • Palaeoenvironmental reconstruction or Quaternary science

About the role

  • Level B - $111K - $131K plus 17% Superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Level C - $135K - $155K plus 17% Superannuation and annual leave loading
  • CTT - 5 years
  • Full time (35 hours)

The role reports to the Head of the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences and has no direct reports.

Specific responsibilities for this role include:

LEVEL B - Lecturer:

  • Conduct of high-quality research in the Earth Sciences, independently and as part of research
  • teams.
  • Publication of scientific papers and reports in highly ranked journals and provision of reports to funding bodies.
  • To maintain and grow research through success in application for external research funds, including the national competitive grant schemes and/or contract research.
  • Supervision of research students enrolled in Honours, Masters and PhD degrees.
  • Teaching and coordination of units within undergraduate degree programs, including use of digital educational platforms.
  • Contribute to curriculum and course development in teaching programs in the Earth Science and/or Physical Geography majors.
  • Contribution to the objectives of relevant research centres and groups within the university, including the ESSRC.
  • Build relationships with internal and external stakeholders (e.g., UNSW Centres, Commonwealth and State Governments, collaborating Universities, industry partners).
  • Participation in major conferences and/or workshops relevant to the disciplinary area.
  • Contribution to the administration and leadership roles appropriate to the level of appointment within the School as required.
  • Align with and actively demonstrate the UNSW Values in Action: Our Behaviours, the UNSW Code of Conduct and the University's Equity, Diversity, Inclusiveness and Sustainability objectives.
  • Comply with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university.

LEVEL C - Senior Lecturer:

  • Play a significant role in research projects including, where appropriate, leadership of a research team.
  • Disseminate research results through writing of scientific papers and reports for international journals and progress reporting to other researchers, industry or other external partners.
  • Participates in the definition of research directions and actively contributes to the coordination of research activities and research outputs to meet project milestones.
  • Independently seek and apply for external funding opportunities to grow and enhance the research project.
  • High quality supervision of honours and postgraduate research projects
  • Actively engage with industry, external stakeholders and the community to develop significant productive relationships, attract external funding and participate in professional activities.
  • Work collaboratively with peers across the Faculty and UNSW in all aspects of academic endeavour and contribute to mentoring of other staff.
  • Involvement in broad administrative functions of the School and/or University, coordination of subjects, attends departmental and/or faculty meetings, involvement in Open Days and recruitment activities and play a major role in planning and/or committee work or other responsibilities, as directed by Head of School.

Selection Criteria

To be successful in this role you will have:

LEVEL B - Lecturer:

  • A PhD in Earth Science, Geology, Physical Geography or related geosciences.
  • Demonstrated excellence in research.
  • A strong track record of publications in top-tier journals and conference presentations (relative to
  • opportunity).
  • Capacity to secure research funding from competitive grant schemes and other sources (relative
  • to opportunity), including fellowships.
  • Capacity to work within, and commence building, a research team and attract higher degree
  • research students
  • Capacity to deliver high quality and engaging teaching in undergraduate courses, at introductory
  • and advanced levels, including digital delivery of course content.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to communicate and interact with a diverse
  • range of stakeholders and students.
  • Excellent communication, organisation and presentation skills
  • A commitment to the collaborative and inclusive culture of the School.
  • An understanding of and commitment to UNSW's aims, objectives and values in action, together
  • with relevant policies and guidelines.
  • Ability and capacity to implement required UNSW health and safety policies and procedures.

LEVEL C - Senior Lecturer:

  • Demonstrated ability to secure research funding.
  • Demonstrated experience in delivering high quality teaching in the Earth sciences (relative to opportunity).
  • A track record in helping to establish or develop research teams.
  • Established industry and/or research networks.

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application.

For informal queries, please see the below contact details.

Otherwise, please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent directly to the contact listed.


Professor Alistair Poore, Head of School
E: a.poore@unsw.edu.au

Applications close: March 11th, 2022

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